Barrick Gold Corporation’s Cowal Gold Mine Re-certified Under the International Cyanide Management Code

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Barrick Gold Corporation’s Cowal Gold Mine in New South Wales, Australia, has been re-certified under the International Cyanide Management Code (Code).

The Cowal Gold Mine was certified in full compliance with the Code in August 2007. As required under the Code, the mine was again audited against ICMI’s Verification Protocol within three-years of that certification by an independent professional third-party auditor. ICMI has received and accepted the auditor’s Detailed Audit Findings Report, which found that the Cowal Gold Mine maintained full compliance with the Code’s Principles and Standards of Practice throughout the previous three years. The new Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form is available on the Signatory Companies Page on the ICMI web site: http://cyanidecode.org/signatory_barrickgold.php. The operation must be re-audited every three years hereafter to evaluate continuing compliance with the Code.

The Code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold using cyanide and companies producing and transporting this cyanide. It was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee. The Code is intended to complement an operation’s existing obligation to comply with the applicable laws and regulations of the political jurisdictions in which the operation is located.

ICMI has been established to administer the Code, promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process. A detailed list of the operations covered by signatory companies’ applications, along with the full text of the Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at www.cyanidecode.org.
Date:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010